Madame Gandhi had the honor of opening the music festival this year, and did a fantastic job in doing so. Her music is filled with a message of female empowerment and equality for all, and that sentiment reverberated throughout the weekend. People know her as the former drummer for M.I.A., but Gandhi has a lot more to say through her music. After the set, she … Continue reading Madame Gandhi at Pitchfork Music Festival
The on-again-off-again reunion tour that Digable Planets sometimes treat fans to hit Chicago today and delighted a huge afternoon crowd with their style of 90’s hip-hop. Butterfly, Doodlebug, and Lady Bug Mecca seemed to be able to pick up right where they left off in ’94. The chemistry makes every track feel like a summertime jam. Teenagers were dancing in the crowd despite not being … Continue reading Digable Planets at Pitchfork Festival
Every release in K. Flay‘s career has been a step up from the one previous. Last year’s What If It Is turned up the heat with some sizzling production and tighter beats. On her new record, the crowdfunded Life As A Dog, she pushes the envelope even futher, marrying that heightened production with her best songwriting to date. These songs are more complex and adult than anything she’s released so far, and a good sign that the potential shown over the past few years might be just the tip of the iceberg.
A lot of similar themes are covered through all of Flay’s records, and this one hits most of those. The difference here is how those themes are dealt with. Rather than just turning the tempo up to a million and celebrating a lifestyle of staying out all night getting drunk with friends, there’s a hint of bittersweet knowledge that a lifestyle like that can’t last forever. It also features a more romantic side of Flay than what we’ve heard on the past two EP’s.
On “Wishing It Was You” she talks at length about a deep crush on a friend that doesn’t return the feeling. It does a great job of capturing the emotional rollercoaster that situation can cause, as well as the dread that comes along with knowing it will never happen. She even describes her fantasy a bit in the last verse: “I’ve got room in my apartment, I thought that you should know. If you take out the garbage, I’ll pay for the phone. I don’t need a wedding, let’s stay home instead. We could both confess things we’ve never even said.” Continue reading “K. Flay-Life As A Dog”